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A list of the best rated scuba dive sites in Azores.

Banco Princesa Alice

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 5.0, 2 votes

One of the best dives in Europe! Banco Princesa Alice or Princess Alice Bank is located 45 nautical miles from the Island of Faial. Its name comes from the vessel "Princesse Alice" that in 1896 had done there a research campaign headed by Prince Albert I from Monaco. The journey from the marina of Horta will take around 3 hours and sharks, turtles, dolphins and even whales can be observed during it. Usually the current is strong in the spot and the descent should be done through the anchor line....

Formigas

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 5.0, 2 votes

The Formigas Islets located around 23 miles NW from Santa Maria Island and 30 miles SE from S. Miguel Island have just a 19m high lighthouse and a small jetty. There are several dive sites around the islets but usually people tend to choose the place of the Olympia wreck in the SW area. Once again, due to its location in open sea the majority of the times strong currents are present and so this dive must be done only with good sea conditions by experienced divers. The dive should be done around ...

Dollabarat

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 5.0, 1 votes

This dive site that is located 20 miles NW from Santa Maria Island and 33 miles SE from S. Miguel Island and very near Formigas Islets. Due to its location in open sea it presents the majority of the times strong currents reason why the dive must be done only with good sea conditions by experienced divers. The dive should be done between 10 and 20 meters. At 15m depth beautiful black coral can be seen. In this magnificent dive the rocks hide dusky groupers and comb groupers. Over the top of the ...

Banco D. João de Castro

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 5.0, 1 votes

This dive site located 35 miles from Terceira Island and 38 miles from S. Miguel Island is a volcanic cone that emerges from a depth of 1000m where volcanic activity can be observed. Due to its location in open sea it presents the majority of the times strong currents reason why it must be done only with excellent sea conditions and by experienced divers. At 40/50 meter depth four peaks emerge from the base of the crater, being one of them to a depth of 13m and where the dive starts. The dive sh...

Pontão 16

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 1.0, 3 votes

This site is located off Praia do Almoxarife, a 5 minutes boat ride from Horta. Platform wreck in a sandy bottom. Maximum depth 25 m, minimum depth 19 m. Fauna: morays, octopus, trigger fish, sting rays, breams, nudibranchs and schools of jacks...

Baixa dos Cedros

 
 
 
 
 
Rated 1.0, 1 votes

Pinnacle starting at 18 m. with steep wall and dramatic seascape. Moderate current. Fauna: pelagic fish encounters with jacks, tuna. Occasionally mantas and hammerhead sharks...